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Berlin [Germany], Mar 14 ( ANI ): German Chancellor Angela Merkel was on Wednesday re-elected to the German Parliament for a record fourth term and will be sworn in later today.
Ending with the phrase 'So help me God,' Merkel took her oath of office in front of the parliamentary speaker and former finance minister Wolfgang Schaeuble.
Twelve years of Merkel have left the country with 2.
The Young Socialists wing of the SPD had actively campaigned against the GroKo, arguing that the oldest political party in Germany, one that dated back to 1871 and the days of Otto von Bismarck and has survived the rule of the Nazis, was being subsumed by eight years of coalition deals backing Merkel.
Parliament is expected to meet March 14 to re-elect Merkel as chancellor, ending the longest time Germany has been without a new government after elections in its postwar history.
On the conservative side, Mrs Merkel needs only the approval of a party congress of her CDU - a far lower hurdle.
Under intense pressure to preserve stability and avoid new elections, the SPD reversed its pledge to go into opposition and agreed to discuss supporting a Merkel government, raising the prospect of a continuation of the grand coalition, which has ruled for the past four years, or a minority government.
So the news that Angela Merkel may not, after all, continue in office as Germany's chancellor will have come as a rude shock to many of them.
On Thursday, after Merkel entered the building with Buenos Aires' mayor, Horacio Rodriguez Larreta, and Rabbi Simon Moguilevsky, a spiritual leader at the synagogue, she told a packed house: "This synagogue is a symbol of the great Jewish community of Argentina, where many Germans came escaping from the Nazis," she said, according to a JTA report.
When Merkel arrived at the White House, she and Trump shook hands.
TAP) - More than half of Germans want Chancellor Angela Merkel to run for a fourth term as the conservative candidate in the 2017 federal election, a poll showed on Wednesday, despite a dip in her popularity due to her liberal migrant policy.
Support for Merkel has weakened after a string of violent attacks on civilians in July, three of which were carried out by asylum seekers.